The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #152573   Message #3569001
Posted By: Steve Shaw
22-Oct-13 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: A tricky question for paid players
Subject: RE: A tricky question for paid players
The harmonica is my only instrument. I've learned the hard and wasteful way over the decades about what works and what's crap. If you just want to play dependable harps that you won't have to constantly fiddle around with, but don't want to spend too much dough (though it's really easy to spend too little, thereby spending too much, if you see what I mean), I recommend Lee Oskars. I don't care for them much myself, but they are good and robust and well made. My own favourite, in the same price bracket, is the Suzuki Bluesmaster (though the Suzuki Promaster, which has the same reeds but on a metal comb, is even better - at a price). Hohners are beautiful when they are beautiful but rubbish when they let you down, which they often do. I'm in love with Hohner SP20s but I do have the skills to fiddle around under the covers (ahem...). There's no such thing as a free lunch and there's no such thing as a good, cheap harmonica. You really do have to start at the $25/£25 point, minimum. Seydels come in from that point upward but the very first one I ever bought, about three months ago, a Session Steel, let me down after just one session. I'll say no more.